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Amateur footages: 1940s-1970s

Autour d'une femme dans un pavillon

France, 1961, 3 min.

Director – Marcel Belanger

Author of the footage – Marcel Belanger – is terribly pleased to look at the face of his wife: that, in fact, is the plot, and who would argue. And so he watches her smile, and when she slips away, the camera lens stumbles upon garden gnomes, flowers, and bustle of the street.
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Dali presente l'ovocipede

France, 1959, 6 min

Director – Joseph Foret

A unique chronicle of Salvador Dali’s constructivist outrageousness. As you know, during this period, Dali began, as the newspapers wrote, “shaking the apathy of the modern world, making himself a paranoid-critical object”: he looked into the eyes of a rhinoceros or exhibited a loaf of bread eighteen meters long. In the Paris Ice Palace, he demonstrates a plastic ball: "Projection of intrauterine vision ...". The shooting was initiated by the publisher Joseph Faure. Enjoy Dali in his silver-plated alien costume, with his mustache and cane, and a general phlegmatic carnival of madness.

Issoudun County Cultural Heritage Center, Joseph Faure Foundation, donated by Michel Brutte (2012) – with the support and permission CICLIC Centre-Val de Loire, l’agence régionale pour le livre et l’image



USSR, 1967 – 1969, 7 min.

Director – Petr Seksyaev

The genre of film-cipher (invented by the documentary classic Chris Marker) is represented by Perm story with our working title "The Quest". The sequence of seemingly random episodes is gradually perceived as a sequence of signs encrypting the message: no kidding, in essence, it's a thriller which starts from peering into the cat's eyes. Then we meet a stern gentleman with a cigarette nodding to us; a daring kid cuts a piece of plywood on his dashing head; close-ups of unknown faces… All for good reason.

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France, 1964, 10 min.

Director – Pierre De Montvallon

Long before Woody Allen, the author sends his character onto the screen, where he ends up in the hands of mystical surgeons, revealing himself to be a movieman undergoing an intricate spiritualist montage. It is not the intestines that emerge from his abdominal cavity, but skeins of film. For cinephiles of new generations, this is a truly encyclopedic sketch about the technology of cinematic nature. Double exposure reprises; silhouettes in the negative (meaning not a bad mood, but a film original); editing with barbaric scissors – the character on the screen loses half of the body; there are gastric wastes in the form of a silent movie film with a silent hero.

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Quand le CBA bouge a Lapan

France, 1949, 5 min.

Director – Guy Magdelein

A group of film lovers and their families go to nature: the luncheon on the grass. They start with a tasting, and end with walking on their hands – scenes of love of life in the genre of the French film classic Jean Renoir.

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New Year Days in Perm

USSR, 1968 – 1969, 7 min.

Director – Petr Seksyaev

Apartment on a snowy boulevard. Relatives embrace each other barely holding back tears; children try on New Year's dresses and dance around the Christmas tree; an experienced shy woman covers her face hiding from a sticky camera. And the tall – up to the ceiling – elegant spruce is spinning and spinning, hypnotizing a person with a camera.

Perm Cinematheque



USSR, 1967 – 1968, 4 min.

Director – Petr Seksyaev

A snow-covered village, a doll on the hood of a Zhiguli, sandals tinkle on the snow, flared skirts, a veil – hurray! Rare footage of a winter wedding captured by Protodeacon Peter Seksyaev.

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Shooting in the Cold

USSR, 1969, 4 min.

Director – Petr Seksyaev

And then lamppost-high snow sculptures, New Year's rides, hats with earflaps, frozen fingers, a giant snow crocodile! Minus fifteen Celsium at least, but the camera does not fail.

Perm Cinematheque